With a very positive start to the
HGI school year, seeming like the “blink of an eye”, we
are in the middle of September. The students started
their programs, had their photos taken and have had
their Strong Beginnings appointments, forming the
foundation for their learning this year, while beginning
to establish a positive working relationship with their
teachers. Thank you sincerely, parents, for the support
you are providing to assist your child and our school in
such a positive start.
Accurate communication is a focus
for us this year. We have worked intentionally to limit
the amount of paper sent home with our students and rely
on sharing information electronically. This strategy
works as long as we keep up to date. A few office staff
members are new this year. We will be working together
to implement the most efficient strategies to keep the
community informed. Since the teacher list was
published, Christine Prystenski (Grade 7) and Lisa
Templeton (Grade 8) have begun medical leaves.
Currently, Jacqueline Fogg and Karl Zeilke have stepped
into the term positions for these two.
The Division is working to
implement new website formats throughout this year. More
information will be sent to parents as it becomes
available. In the meanwhile, HGI teachers will maintain
“weeblies” linked to our staff page. On these websites,
teachers communicate classroom dates, projects, homework
and provide links to websites supporting content
currently being taught in class.
The HGI website will continue to
be a source of information and entertainment for
families. The exciting news this week is that the movies
created last year are being posted for your viewing
enjoyment – “Before it’s Too Late”; “Straight Outta
Whyte Ridge” and “Dawn of Destruction” (to be released
September 30) have links up on HGITube. The calendars
(school and sports) are also on our website. “HGI Live”
is a Monday routine where students participate in the
live broadcasting of HGI news. The archives will then be
posted to our website (under the “HGI Live” button) and
will provide an overview of the school news for anyone
visiting the site.
Twitter provides one way to have
our community keep our HGI community informed and
celebrating the many activities in and around the
school. If you have a photo or information about a
student, a team or a school event, please post it using
the hashtag @hgi_news. Together, we can cover the
variety of opportunities while celebrating our extensive
Our Parent Advisory Council has
initiated a Facebook page to share information and news
with the community. This page will be linked to the PAC
button on the HGI website. This group is a very
positive, involved one, assisting the school in many
ways and working to ensure communication strategies are
embedded. The PAC meeting dates are public on the
Mike Pizzi &
Aligned with the Pembina Trails School Division new brand, HGI revised our strategic plan around our four pillars:
Humanity – Growth – Innovation – Sustainability
Humanity: We promote belonging, community, global citizenship, and a healthy learning environment – the groundwork for personal growth and development.
Growth: We seek new experiences as means to cultivate curiosity and realize the true potential for learning.
Innovation: We take the risks and disruptive leaps necessary to align new and relevant goals for learning with our rapidly changing world.
Sustainability: We intentionally infuse sustainability initiatives to connect environmental stewardship, social action, and community partnerships to improve the way we live.
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